Navy Awards Government of Japan-Funded Contract for Marine Corps Relocation to Guam

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded today a $17.9 million firm-fixed price contract to Contrack Watts Inc. of Virginia, to construct a Waterfront Headquarters Building on Naval Base Guam. The contract supports the Defense Policy Review Initiative and is funded by the Government of Japan (GoJ) as part of the International Agreement between the United States and Japan. “For the Marines to effectively execute amphibious operations, a fully capable waterfront facility and associated infrastructure are essential,” said Officer in Charge of Construction (OICC) Marianas Commanding Officer Capt. Dan Turner….

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T-45 Pilots Train Aboard Truman

Instructors from Training Air Wing (TRAWING) 1 and TRAWING 2 concluded Carrier Qualifications flying Boeing T-45C Goshawks aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Sept. 16-17. This evolution allowed Truman Sailors to practice launching and recovering aircraft while preparing instructors, and instructors under training, to teach the Navy’s newest pilots. “This is the instructors’ initial carrier qualification in the T-45 as an instructor,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ronnie Dale Stahl Jr. Lt. Cmdr. Stahl is a landing signal officer in charge of the overall safety aspect of the initial carrier qualification…

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US Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt Celebrates 50 Years in Australia

It’s been 50 years since one of the key communications hubs for the submarine community opened its gates and created a remote Western Australian town in the process. More than 1,200 kilometers north of Perth, Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt, in Exmouth, marked 50 years on 16 September with celebrations aplenty. Initially named U.S. Naval Communication Station North West Cape, the Station was renamed a year later in honor of the Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt who opened the facility but disappeared months later, assumed drowned. The Royal Australian…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Delivers Amphibious Transport Dock Portland (LPD 27) to U.S. Navy

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division delivered the amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27) to the U.S. Navy September 18th. “Today is a great day for this collective industry and customer team,” said Kari Wilkinson, Ingalls’ vice president, program management. “For many of the shipbuilders, Supervisor of Shipbuilding representatives and members of the Navy program office, this is the 11th ship they have built and delivered together. Their personal commitment to excellence has become the hallmark of the LPD program, and we are positioned to continue that tradition on future…

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Naval Aviation Readiness Needle Trending Upward

Naval Aviation has a ways to go in terms of readiness, but the needle is moving in the right direction, according to leadership. During the final panel discussion at the 61st Annual Tailhook Convention on Sept. 9, the Air Boss, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Commander, Naval Air Forces, and Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, Commander, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), addressed an audience of Navy stakeholders and provided a candid assessment of the Naval Aviation Enterprise, acknowledging the enterprise-wide challenges of today and the ongoing efforts to address them. “Readiness is…

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International engagement commences

The Australian Defence Force Joint Task Group, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, has completed the first international engagement activity of the deployment. HMAS Adelaide, one of the Royal Australian Navy’s Canberra class amphibious ships, reached the milestone after recently conducting aviation training with the USS Bonhomme Richard off the east coast of Australia. The training involved both the SH60S Seahawk helicopter and a United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor, with a focus on flight deck familiarization for the United States Marine Corps aircrew and currency training for Adelaide’s aviation support sailors….

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US Navy Leads International Effort to Deploy Buoys into the Arctic Ocean

The U.S National Ice Center (USNIC) in coordination with the Office of Naval Research, Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, the Danish Joint Arctic Command, Environmental and Climate Change Canada and University of Washington deployed buoys into the Arctic Ocean during a joint mission. The joint mission was conducted to collect weather and oceanographic data to enhance forecasting and environmental models thereby reducing operational risk for assets in the Arctic. “Polar lows are like hurricanes of the north and the data collected from these buoys will help us with…

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AMDR Tested off Hawaii

The U.S. Navy successfully conducted a simultaneous Air and Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) flight test with the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) off the west coast of Hawaii, Sept. 7. At 1:38 p.m., Hawaii Standard Time, (7:38 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time) a short-range ballistic missile target and multiple air-to-surface cruise missile targets were simultaneously launched. AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR searched for, detected and maintained track on all targets throughout the trajectories. The flight test, designated Vigilant Talon, is the third in a series of ballistic missile defense flight tests for…

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USS Ronald Reagan Departs Yokosuka

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), commenced a routine patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations after departing Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Japan, Sept. 8. Ronald Reagan’s departure marks the beginning of a scheduled patrol following an in-port period giving the crew and ship a chance to conduct maintenance. “About three and half weeks ago, USS Ronald Reagan returned to port after our patrol and we entered into a transition from operations to maintenance,” said Capt. Buzz Donnelly, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer. “Although this is a very brief…

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U.S., Singaporean Navies Enhance Maritime Partnership in Guam

The U.S. and Singaporean navies concluded Exercise Pacific Griffin 2017 in Guam September 2. Pacific Griffin 17, which began Aug. 19, served as this year’s U.S.-Singapore annual maritime exercise. It was coordinated months in advance by planners from both navies, officials said. Pacific Griffin highlights the longstanding maritime partnership between the U.S. and the Republic of Singapore navies through 23 years of annual-bilateral exercises. “The U.S. Navy deeply values our close partnership with the Republic of Singapore Navy,” said Navy Capt. Lex Walker, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 7. “Pacific Griffin…

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NARVAIR Awards Contract to Lockheed Martin to Begin CH-53K Helicopter Production

Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 1 contract to build two production CH-53K King Stallion helicopters. This contract follows the April 4, 2017, Milestone C decision by the Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) approving LRIP production. “Gaining the U.S. Marine Corps approval to enter into production and the award of the first contract are milestones made possible by the tremendous achievements of the joint Sikorsky, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and U.S. Marine Corps team,” said Dr….

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Trident Warrior 2017 Paves Way for Future At-Sea Experimentation

In its 15th year of execution, Trident Warrior (TW) explored innovative solutions through fleet experimentation during various evolutions off the coast of southern California from June to August. Directed by the Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC) and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), and supported by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F), TW17 featured at-sea experimentation of more than 20 critical maritime initiatives. Participants in TW17 included organizations such as SPAWAR Systems Center (SSC) Pacific, Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I), Naval Information Forces…

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John C Stennis aims for excellence during operational pause

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and crew took a pause from their normal training and maintenance Aug. 25, to focus on safe and efficient operations. The operational pause was directed by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson in the wake of several U.S. Navy vessel mishaps, including the collisions of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) with civilian vessels and seeks to address issues which may have led to these mishaps. “Recent events indicate these tragic incidents are not limited occurrences but part…

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